A few months ago you were thrilled to see that second red line on the pregnancy test. After the initial happiness, a feeling of worry over powers you at every twist and turn, that something might go wrong. It is a feeling that just doesn’t go away and it is starting to affect your everyday life.
Isn’t pregnancy supposed to be a time of joy? But some feel sad & anxious more than feeling happy, this could be sign of antenatal depression.
It is natural to feel emotional when you are pregnant, but the body and hormonal changes can create a feeling of stress. The people around you may not be aware that these sudden changes may leave you feeling sad, overwhelmed or confused. For many women these feelings are temporary, but for others, negative feelings may persist or get worse.
Feeling depressed and having anxiety during pregnancy is common with about 10-15% women facing it. This can affect your health, the health of the developing baby, and your ability to take care of the baby after birth. Please talk to your OB-GYN, if you feel that you are going under the depression and anxiety radar. Your doctor can assist you with the next course of action, whether to go to a psychiatrist/psychologist for further treatment.
However, there are few things mom-to-be’s can do on there own to cope with depression and anxiety:
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
Pregnancy is a crucial time for all women with many mood swings, however, taking care of yourself is the key to stay happy and healthy. Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, get a good night’s sleep, and learn relaxation & breathing techniques. These things keep your mind stress free and do not worry much about the future.
TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT HOW YOU FEEL
If you are feeling low, you might want to curl up in bed, but isolation can make your symptoms worse. So talk to people around you, you can do some fun with your partner, call up a friend for a coffee, and let them know how you are feeling. Meet other moms-to-be at the same stage of pregnancy as you, perhaps at an exercise class. It is likely that some of them will be having the same feelings as you. Talk your heart out to them, it will help relax your mind and soul.
Eating a healthy diet is good for your brain, body, and the baby. Ensure you eat regular meals, so your blood sugar doesn’t drop which can leave you tired and irritable. I know it’s not easy to eat well if you are not feeling well emotionally and suffering from pregnancy sickness. Make small changes like eat fresh fruits, foods rich in protein, and dairy foods. Cottage cheese was my favorite!
TAKE A MASSAGE
Massage is a fantastic way to DE-stress. Many spas and beauty salons provide pregnancy massage treatments or you can ask your partner to give you a foot massage. Just make sure your spa therapist is qualified and experienced in working with pregnant women.
These are a few things that can help you cope with depression and anxiety during pregnancy. Even if you feel as though your stress hasn’t reached the level of depression or anxiety, if it’s bothering you, it’s always worth mentioning it to your doctor during the routine checkup’s.
DISCLAIMER- These are personal experiences and not in any way medical or professional advice.